Wortman, Jacobs, Tennant Crowned Oregon Am Champions | Oregon Golf Association

Wortman, Jacobs, Tennant Crowned Oregon Am Champions

Bryce Wortman, Amanda Jacobs and Lara Tennant were all crowned champions at the Oregon Amateur Championship Saturday at Columbia Edgewater Country Club.

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The men’s and women’s match play finals were 36-hole competitions, while the senior women’s final was 18 holes.

Wortman, from Creswell, never trailed in the match in defeating Ben Wanichek 8&7 in the men’s final. It is Wortman’s first Oregon Amateur Championship title.

Wortman jumped out to a 2-up lead early on, but Wanichek evened the match with a pair of birdies on holes No. 11 and 13. Wortman quickly countered by winning Holes No. 15 and 17 to take a 2 up advantage into the final 18 holes (Holes 19-36 for the match).

It was all Wortman down the stretch during. He birdied Hole No. 1 (19th hole of play) to extend his advantage, and then proceed to win five consecutive holes – Nos. 6-10 (Holes 24-28 for the match) to take an 8 up lead with just nine holes to play. The match ended on Hole No. 11 (No. 29 overall) when the players halved the hole – each recording par.

On the women’s side, Jacobs jumped out to a big lead and, like Wortman, never trailed during the match in defeating the two-time defending champion Ellie Slama 5&3. It is Jacobs first Oregon Amateur Championship crown.

Jacobs took a 5 up advantage – thanks to four birdies over the first 12 holes – until Slama birdied Hole No. 13 to win her first hole of the match. Jacobs held a 5 up advantage over Slama heading into the final 18 holes.

Jacobs extended the lead to 6 up after another birdie, this time on Hole No. 2 (No. 20 of play), but Slama made a move by winning a stretch of four out of five holes to narrow the lead to 3 up through 26 holes of play.

Slama birdied the par 3 No. 13 (No.31 of play) to keep the match alive, but Jacobs, with a 4 up lead with four holes to play, sealed the victory with a birdie on Hole No. 15 (Hole No. 33 of play).

Tennant, from Portland, won her fourth consecutive Oregon Senior Women’s Amateur Championship. She fell behind in the match to top seed Ginny Burkey – faltering with a pair of bogeys on the first two holes – but then rallied to win Holes No. 3, 5, 6 and 9 to take a 1 up edge at the turn.

Tennant was dominant on the back nine as she proceeded to win four of the next five holes. She ended the match on Hole No. 14 by taking a 5 up lead with four holes to play.

Next up on the OGA Championship schedule is the Oregon Women’s Stroke Play Championship which will take place June 29-30 at Riverside Golf & Country Club in Portland. The Oregon Super Senior Championship will take place at the same time at Riverside.

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